Each VWU member and woman to be communicator on environmental protection

On the afternoon of September 26, in Ninh Binh province, the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) coordinated with the Ninh Binh Provincial Women's Union to organize the forum "Women join hands to protect the environment" in response to the 2023 campaign “Make the world cleaner”.
VWU Vice President Nguyen Thi Minh Huong (second from left) and delegates visiting booths at the event

The program aims to provide information on current environmental protection activities, especially in solid waste processing, to share good practices and experiences on environmental protection of VWU staff, members, and Women's Unions at all levels.

VWU Vice President Nguyen Thi Minh Huong delivers opening remarks

According to the national report on environmental status (2019) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the total volume of solid waste in urban areas accounts for 55% of the volume of domestic solid waste nationwide. This is a consequence of population growth, plus rapid industrialization and urbanization.

Besides, 85% of the garbage in Vietnam is currently being treated mainly with landfill technology; It is wasteful, requires lot of land fund, and seriously pollutes the land, water, and air environment at the same time, especially in big cities. Most landfills contain household solid waste that has not been classified, of which organic waste accounts for a large amount. Household waste has been directly affecting the quality of life, people's health and the country's economic growth. Although various measures have been implemented, the problem of waste collection and treatment has not been completely resolved.

Skit on "Building the family of 5-withouts, 3-cleans "

According to VWU Vice President Nguyen Thi Minh Huong, over the years, the VWU has been coordinating with ministries, sectors and branches, and localities to organize diverse activities to mobilize its members and women to proactively participate in environmental protection, especially through the campaign "Building the family of 5-withouts, 3-cleans ", the national target program on new rural development, and the "Against plastic waste" movement.

Panelists to the panel discussion "Current situation and effective solutions for collecting, classifying and treating household waste"

Many creative models and practices in localities have been built, maintained and replicated which have actively contributed to a change in awareness and actions of VWU staff, members and community in protecting the environment such as "Classifying garbage, collecting used bottles to make charity funds", "Women's chapter practicing green savings", "One landfill, one tree"; "Say no to single-use plastic bags" and "Against plastic waste" movements. Thus, to affirm the roles, contributions of women and the VWU to reducing environmental pollution, to gradually improve the living environment’s quality.

Forum overview

“These activities and movements contribute to raise the awareness of VWU staff, members and women on environmental protection, climate change response, natural disasters prevention and mitigation. They help to improve a sense of responsibility and environmentally friendly behaviors of the public, thus actively contributing to the new rural areas building and national sustainable development" - said Nguyễn Thị Minh Hương.

Booths at Green Market

Hương hopes that each VWU member, woman as well as citizen to actively participate in environmental protection activities both in their families and in the community; to enhance environmental cleaning activities; to do waste classification; to reuse, collect, and recover products made from plastics, plastic bags and packgaging that are difficult to be decomposed and recycled. They should also be tour guides and communicators on environmental protection."

Translated by VWU International Relations Dept.